The25th of November marks a special day. The activism has begun! I trust the rest of the world is ready for this year’s theme to once again color the world Orange. Safe spaces for women and girls were recommended in 2013. 2014 the world was tasked to orange their neighborhoods too and 2015 was extra special because it marked the hallmark of 21st-century liberation, Beijing+20.
This year’s theme, according to Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!” and the ball is rolling already.This theme readily recognizes the institutional discrimination and inequality that goes on when girls and young women are in the process of attaining an education. Some of the situations girls go through can be detrimental and very limiting on their capabilities. It is after all, very unfair for any individual to be held back in the academic arena because of mere sex. So homes and public spaces, schools, should be safe for young women and girls to get an education.
However, I know the realities of this matter aren’t really ever considered until one has experienced them, or knows of an actual situation. And between third world and first world countries, the difference is integrally the same. Please check out a new post soon on the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, personal stories, and news on what Botswana is doing within its borders in light of this years’ theme.
Lwaone, Peolwane in the Sky